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AU Newsmakers 7.12-7.19, 2019
Top Story
AU Experts Reflect on President Trump's Tweets
Ibram X. Kendi, founding director of the Antiracist Research & Policy Center, wrote an article for The Atlantic on what defines an ‘American.' Kendi also spoke to The Washington Post, NPR's Morning Edition, CBS This Morning and CNN Don Lemon. Distinguished Professor of History Alan Kraut discussed the history behind the rhetoric with NPR's Morning Edition, PBS NewsHour Online, Hearst Television and the San Antonio Express, and School of International Service Professorial Lecturer Omekongo Dibinga discussed the tweets with Newsweek. (7/16, 7/17)

Additional Features
AU Professor Directs Disappearing Act in New Film 'Above the Shadows'
Claudia Myers, associate professor of communication, spoke to WTOP-FM about her new film, “Above the Shadows,” which she wrote and directed. Myers told WTOP, “It was inspired by my childhood. I guess at the time, invisibility didn't feel like a metaphor, it felt like a very tangible state of existence.” (7/18)
VW Emissions Cheating Scandal Increased Children's Pollution Exposure
Scientific American spoke to Claudia Persico, professor of public affairs, about a research paper on diesel pollution and child health and mentioned a study on highway pollution that Persico co-authored. (7/17)

Faculty Authors
Donald Trump and Congress Are Showing Us What Constitutional Failure Looks Like
Chris Edelson, assistant professor of public affairs, wrote an article for USA Today about constitutional crises in the Trump administration. Edelson wrote, “What we are experiencing is nothing less than constitutional failure.” The article appeared in 44 USA Today syndicated outlets. (7/15)
We Are Now in the Grip of the 'New Media Primary'
Richard Benedetto, adjunct professorial lecturer of communication, wrote an article for The Hill about the influence of news media coverage on polling numbers. Benedetto wrote, “[The news media] are voting for and against candidates every day by choosing who to play up and who to play down.” (7/13)

News Brief
Corbin M. Campbell Joins the School of Education
The Chronicle of Higher Education announced that Corbin M. Campbell would be joining the School of Education as its first Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. (7/17)

'Why Don't You Speak Spanish?': For Julián Castro and Millions of Latinos, the Answer is Not so Simple
Amelia Tseng, assistant professor of world languages and cultures, spoke to The Washington Post about the complicated relationship Latinos have with the Spanish language. Tseng said, “It's quite easy to victim blame.” (7/15)
Shelf Control? Largest Textbook Publisher Ditching Textbooks and Going 'Digital First'
Naomi Baron, professor emerita of linguistics, spoke to NBC News about Pearson's decision to push for e-versions of their textbooks. Baron said, “There's an incredible amount of research that has been done that shows if you want to concentrate and learn, print is almost always preferable.” Baron also spoke to The Washington Post about the confusion over acronyms in the District of Columbia. (7/16, 7/15)
Pottery Barn is Releasing a Friends Collection for the Show's 25th Anniversary
Associate Professor in the Kogod School of Business Cristel Russell spoke to Vox about the collaboration between Pottery Barn and Friends. Russell said, “As in this case, a barter of sorts is a form of product placement.” (7/15)
This Is What Doctor Visits Would Look Like Under Medicare for All
Lindsay Wiley, professor in the Washington College of Law, spoke to Salon Magazine about Bernie Sander's Medicare for All plan. Wiley said, “Under traditional Medicare, there's not the same concern about restrictive networks.” (7/14)
Trump the Environmentalist?
Capri Cafaro, executive in residence in the School of Public Affairs, and Paul Bledsoe, adjunct professorial lecturer in the Center for Environmental Policy, spoke to Inside Climate News about the Trump administration's approach to climate change. Bledsoe said, “He's trying to obfuscate the debate itself.” Cafaro said, “He's trying to walk a fine line between trying to acknowledge to a portion of the American public that he cares, at the same time that he doesn't want to ruffle the feathers of his base, particularly those in energy-rich states.” James Thurber, distinguished professor of public affairs, also spoke to Inside Climate News about how 2020 candidates are addressing climate change. (7/13, 7/15)
How Pharma, Under Attack From All Sides, Keeps Winning in Washington
Pallavi Kumar, assistant professor of communication, spoke to STAT News about the pharmaceutical industry's influence in Washington. Kumar said, “They have an incredible power to squash out any negative opinion, nor to feel any of the ill effects of those things.” (7/16)
Trump Administration to Explore Making It Easier for Federal Employees to Cancel Union Dues
Robert Tobias, distinguished practitioner-in-residence in the School of Public Affairs, spoke to Government Executive about potential changes to the rules governing due collections for federal employee unions. Tobias said, “If this were to go into effect, and if federal employees followed suit like in Wisconsin, unions would be significantly less effective in representing employees in the federal sector.” (7/12)

''Online, consumer'' news refers to online news outlets and blogs such as Huffington Post, NY Times
"Online, consumer" news refers to online news outlets and blogs such as Huffington Post, NY Times
Both charts are based on the week's Newsmakers highlights only, not total AU Mentions for the week
Both charts are based on the week's Newsmakers highlights only, not total AU Mentions for the week

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